(ConservativeHub.com) – Despite having a progressive illness, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) continued his work in the US Senate until his body could no longer withstand the pressure. The former Georgia Senator fought a good fight on political and personal stages.
Former Senator Isakson died peacefully in his sleep on December 19, at the age of 76. Isakson received a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis in 2015, and it began progressing quickly in 2019. Reports don’t say if the condition contributed to his death.
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Isakson served Georgia’s 6th District in the US House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005. He was then in the Senate from 2005 until 2019 when he resigned. Before his positions in Congress, he served in the state legislature.
A native of Atlanta, the former senator was a self-made millionaire, making his money in real estate before entering the political world. Once in the Senate, he worked to help first-time homebuyers by creating a tax credit. He also championed expanded healthcare programs for veterans and relief for farmers hit by natural disasters.
Upon leaving Congress due to his failing health, Isakson gave a farewell speech in which he asked his colleagues to work together. He urged them to follow his lead and put aside party politics for the country’s good.
When confirming the senator’s passing, Governor Brian Kemp (R) referred to him as one of the state’s most prolific legislators. He praised him for not playing games with partisan politics and making the Georgia Republican party what it is today.
Rest in peace, Senator Isakson.
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